Sapphire Princess Cruise Review to Alaska

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Experience
1 cruise (first)

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5 out of 5

Practically Perfect in Every Way!!

Sail Date: August 01, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We went on the Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise on the Sapphire Princess. It was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time. The ship is enormous and even with a sold out cruise, we never encountered crowds. Our family found it to be a nice mix of people on board. Many families, with most adults probably in their 30's to 50's.

Pros: The Ship and the Itinerary

Cons: Expensive shore excursions in Alaska

Recommends Sapphire Princess? Yes!

Children's Programs
Our teenage daughters, ages 13 & 16 really enjoyed the teen center. Lots of planned group activities and games, etc. With over 100 teen registered on our cruise, they found it easy to make friends. Nice, safe place to hang out in the evenings.
Ship Quality
Ship is beautiful and is kept in immaculate condition. At each port, maintenance crews were on board touch-up painting, varnishing handrails, cleaning windows, power washing decks, etc. Staff was prompt to clean up after guests in common areas. When compared to other cruise ships at the port stops, this ship, along with the Golden Princess and the Star Princess, were the nicest looking ships by far. The Norweigan Sun and the Holland America ships didn't look nearly as nice.
Food and Dining
Food was very good in ship dining rooms, and we really enjoyed the "anytime dining" option instead of traditional (set time, set table) dining. With " anytime dining" there are 4 dining rooms to choose from, each with the same basic menu as the traditional dining room. In addition, each dining room has a specialty dish. We liked the buffet for breakfast, with omlettes made to order and plenty of fresh fruits and other options. Dinner in the buffet was OK, but the desserts were awesome! Salad bar was always stocked with fresh items as well.
Cabin / Stateroom
Rooms were small, but very well laid out with plenty of storage. Room decor and furnings were clean and appeared as "as new." We had 2 rooms, one with a queen and the other with 2 doubles. Very comfortable rooms with down comforters and extra pillows on each bed.
Service and Staff
Staff was exceptional! We were treated like Royalty. Everyone was very friendly, courteous and professional.
Entertainment
In Alaska, there is so much to see from the ship, that we didn't participate in daytime activities on days at sea. First run movies and live shows at night are entertaining. Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway offered a wide variety of excursions. White Pass Railway in Skagway is fantastic. Ziplining in Ketchikan was great fun!


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